Will You Celebrate National Recovery Month ~ 2014?

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning

Do you welcome the autumn season?

It is a funny thing about the seasons. We all tend to have our favorites. Most of the time how we look forward to a season has more to do with our interests, our fond memories of childhood, our life experiences. For example, it could be you love to garden, so spring time brings you joy as the perennials start to bloom and the ground is calling you to plant some annuals. If swimming and boating brings you enjoyment, then summertime jumps to the top of your list. Those of us who have childhood memories of building snowmen or tobogganing can’t wait for the winter months. On the other hand negative childhood memories will make us dread certain seasons.

Autumn…is special for many people. The earth is very colorful in the autumn months and as Albert Camus once said “every leaf is a flower.” It is a time to harvest, a time to renew…a time for new beginnings.

 

National Recovery Month takes place in September…

September marks the beginning of autumn with the autumnal equinox occurring in September, this year on September 23rd. September is also the month when we celebrate National Recovery Month. And this year is a special year, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of National Recovery Month. Indeed this is a time to harvest and renew all that we have learned about recovery and to encourage continued research and thoughtful intervention.

Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.

Will you celebrate someone’s recovery this month?

Have you often tried to find a way to acknowledge how you felt about your loved one’s recovery? Maybe you wanted to send a card or just a quick email to honor their journey. The National Recovery Month’s website has a special section for just this purpose: Recovery Month e-cards.

Take a few minutes this month to speak up, reach out, find an event and join the voices for recovery.

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